Voter turnout in the United States influences the outcomes of elections. Politicians spend a great deal of time and energy trying to get their supporters to the polls. But why should this be a problem? Why donâ€™t all eligible voters vote?
Economists who have studied this question believe that the answer has to do with the benefits and costs of voting. One sort of costâ€”opportunity costâ€”is especially helpful in explaining why some people choose not to vote.
During this webinar, you’ll learn how to:
- Identify costs associated with voting
- Make predictions about who might be more likely to vote based on their understanding of opportunity costs
Link to Voters and Elections lesson: www.econedlink.org/teacher-lesson/1315/
Grades 6-8, 9-12